“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
After being bumped
by basketball for two weeks, TV's best comedy is back. Leading into a
season-finale (“Life in Pieces”) and a series debut (“Rush
Hour”), it gives CBS a big night.
Tonight, Sheldon has
another perosnal tragedy – his laptop breaks. That leads to a
revelation for Amy. Also, Leonard and Howard lie to their wives, in
order to catch the early screening of a movie.
II: “American Idol,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
A TV tradition ends
next week, with the final night of this final season. First are the
cheery moments when the singers go back home. It's all-Southern (as
are many “Idol” finales), with Trent Harmon and La'Porsha Renae
in Mississippi, Dalton Rapattoni in Texas and Mackenzie Bourg in
The complication is
that one of them is already doomed, finishing fourth in last weeks
votes. Tonight, we'll learn who it is; the others will each sing
three songs and Keith Urban, a judge, will sing one.
“Rush Hour” debut, 10 p.m., CBS.
For years, CBS has
asked viewers to go from Thursday comedies to a heavy-duty drama. Now
it eases the transition, with a show that mixes humor and humanity
alongside the action and violence.
Jon Foo and Justin
Hires take roles filled by Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in the 1998
movie – a quiet Hong Kong cop and a never-quiet American cop.
Hires' ex-partner (Aimee Garcia) sees his good side; his boss (Wendie
Malick) doesn't. Produced by a comedy guy (Bill Lawrence of “Scrubs”)
and directed by a light-action guy (Jon Turteltaub of “National
Treasure”), this is an OK way to end a fun night.
ALTERNATIVE: “Hoff the Record,” 9 p.m. ET, AXS.
Not enough people
have heard of AXS; too many have heard of David Hasselhoff. When the
two link, however, the result is a drolly clever surprise.
AXS is the Mark
Cuban channel that ranges from music to Dan Rather. Hasselhoff is the
“Knight Rider” and “Bay Watch” guy who sang on the Berlin
Wall, then almost self-destructed. Wisely, he plays a Hoff who's full
of himself; he brought down the Berlin Wall, he says, and can do that
to the Wailing Wall and the Wall of China. Alas, in England he meets
people who match his self-delusion.
“You, Me and the
Apocalypse” season-finale, 8-9 p.m., NBC. Here's the episode this
clever (but inconsistent) series has pointed to. Rhonda and Leanne
break out of jail (again); Jamie breaks out of the vault. They all
head to the bunker to ride out the apocalypse ... but then face
“Life in Pieces,”
8:30 and 9 p.m., CBS. A good first season ends with a pair of new
episodes. In one, Tim insists on wearing a “Cinderella dress”
while rooting for his team in the basketball tournament. In the
other, John and Joan reveal a secret they've been keeping from their
three kids for 35 years.
p.m., ABC. Olivia gets powerhouse information about one of the
presidential candidates. Now her team scrambles to verify it.
“The Catch,” 10
p.m., ABC. Last week's opener saw a handsome schemer (Peter Krause)
bilk a glamorous accountant (Mireille Enos). Now she obsesses on
finding him, distracting her from a high-profile job. Also, he finds
that he must quickly pull another scam.
“Shades of Blue,”
10 p.m., NBC. Fresh from Jennifer Lopez's second-to-last week as an
“Idol” judge, you can see her season-finale as a semi-corrupt
cop. She scrambles to get immunity for her crew.
season-opener, 10 p.m., FX. No longer wanted by the CIA, the agency
settles for detective work in California ... where only Figgis
qualifies for a license. Then – as happens in most Los Angeles
private-eye stories – a glamorous woman walks in with a desperate
plea. It's a promising start for this animated show for grown-ups,
mixing humor and action.